The speed of the facilities' recovery is also impacted by the severe damage to roads and bridges as a result of the storms. They are managing those challenges by using smaller transport vehicles to efficiently transport supplies and materials on the island.
Baxter officials say they continue to work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) , Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel (FEMA) and other partners on the ground and are grateful for their collective support. To this end, FDA has granted regulatory discretion for temporary special importation of certain products from Baxter facilities in Ireland, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and England to help support product supply for the U.S. market. They currently expect normal supply levels will return by the end of the year for several product categories produced in Puerto Rico.
Regarding employees, the safety of Baxters employees, their families and the community has been paramount for the company. Baxter confirmed the well-being of all of their more than 2,000 Puerto Rico-based employees. Despite the devastating impact of the hurricane to their families and communities, employees have returned to work making products to support healthcare providers and meet the needs of patients.
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